Fake FaceApp triggers Mobile Security fears


FaceApp which allows its users to transform their faces in their photographs is back in news for all wrong reasons. Security analysts from Kaspersky have discovered that a fake application with a similar name has managed to creep into the mobile app stores and is reported to be filled with an adware module called MobiDash.

So, those who have downloaded the malware-riddled application have found that the app fails to open on the screen and then simulates an uninstall process. But behind the scenes, the app gets discreetly installed on the device of the user in real and then starts targeting them with various advertisements. In some cases, the app is also seen showing A- rated content filled ads which could embarrass the user within no time.

Kaspersky researchers say that the fake FaceApp has managed to infect more than 1200 devices with the first detection taking place on July 7th, 2019.

Note 1- FaceApp delivering malware is found to be displaying over 800 different module modifications in the mobile world.

Currently, there are zero reports on the fake app stealing personal info and financial activity of its victims and is said to be infiltrating iOS and Android devices.

Going for monthly security patches and installing a premium Antivirus software on mobile to keep it protected 24×7 is the only way to keep your phone safe from such cyber threats. Also never clicking on URLs sent via messages and emails from unknown senders and never visiting shady or A-rated websites might also help in protecting your mobile from hackers.

Note 2- Russia based company Wireless Lab is said to be the developer of FaceApp mobile application which allows its users to generate a realistic transformation of faces in pictures like a smile, look younger, look older or even change gender. The iOS version hit the world in Jan’17 and the Android version was hit in Feb’17.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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